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Kuwait Appoints First Female Cabinet Member

The government of Kuwait has appointed the country's first female cabinet member.

Professor and women's rights advocate Massouma Mubarak will serve as Kuwait's Minister of Planning and Administrative Development. Her appointment comes after last month's vote in parliament to allow women to vote and run for public office.

Dr. Mubarak teaches political science at Kuwait University.

According to Kuwait's official news agency, Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah said he was elated to see a Kuwaiti woman become a cabinet minister.

Last Sunday, June 5, Kuwait appointed two women to seats on its municipal council.

The women of Kuwait will have their first opportunity to cast ballots in a 2007 parliamentary election.

Some information for this report provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.